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Display Energy Certificates (DEC)

Compliance and Assessments

EPC Commercial Energy Performance Certificate

Section 63 Assessment, Advice & Action Plans

Simplified Building Energy Model Calculations

Standard Assessment Procedure Methodology

If you’re selling or creating a new lease for your commercial building, you must display a Commercial EPC certificate. Fines for non-compliance can be up to £5000. We can complete your EPC certificate and get it on the commercial EPC register for Scotland within 48 hours.

What To Know

UK Government Policy

In line with the UK Government policy and EU Legislation covering the reduction of carbon emissions, all homes and business premises offered for sale or rental/lease must have an EPC before they can be offered to the market.

Sold or Let

All commercial property that is sold or let must have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) commissioned prior to, or within 7 days of being put on the market. There is a further 21 days allowed for the completion and acquisition of the EPC after which time fines can be imposed.

Energy Performance Certificates for commercial property

Our EPC assessors can carry out surveys for level 3 and level 4 buildings, helping you cut energy and CO2 emissions as well as meet your legal obligations.

EPC Survey

An EPC survey takes in the fabric of the building, its shape and size, existing heating, hot water, air conditioning and ventilation systems and lighting. It also takes into account the way the building is used. Surveys may only be carried out by a qualified Energy Assessor (NDEA), registered with an approved Government accreditation scheme like the EPC Register or Scottish EPC Register.

Commercial EPC — responsibilities and penalties

If a commercial property is being sold or the lease is being reassigned, the seller/landlord or their representative must make a commercial EPC available to prospective buyers and/or tenants.

Non-compliance with legislation could result in fines up to 12.5% of the property’s rateable value (to a maximum of £5,000).

Fines can be imposed on building owners, or anyone acting on their behalf in marketing the property.

Are there any EPC exemptions?

Commercial EPCs are not required on the construction, sale or rent of;

  • Places of worship
  • Temporary buildings
  • Commercial buildings with a total useful floor area of less than 50m2
  • Buildings which are due to be demolished if sold

Warehouses, food and drinks packaging or heavy engineering plants not requiring conditioning or heating or heated for only a few days a year are exempt. Lease renewals or extensions, compulsory purchase orders and lease surrenders are exempt.

However, unfurnished buildings with gas or electric meters will need an EPC, as these indicate an intention to condition the climate.

10 years

The EPC details the properties energy efficiency and also offers recommendation for improvement if required. The certificates are valid for 10 years irrespective of how many times the property is put on the market for lease or sale in that period.

We Are the Leading Provider of Energy and Sustainability consultancy in Scotland.

We primarily cover Scotland however, we are fully accredited to operate across the UK. Our team of experienced assessors and consultants supporting organisations from the design stage to the completion process with straightforward cost-effective advice.

EPC Commercial Energy Performance Certificate

If you’re selling or creating a new lease for your commercial building, you must display a Commercial EPC certificate. Fines for non-compliance can be up to £5000. We can complete your EPC certificate and get it on the commercial EPC register for Scotland within 48 hours.

Simplified Building Energy Model Calculations

SBEM calculations must be carried out as part of the Building Warrant applications for almost all commercial buildings. We’ll help you prepare for your submission and make sure the development complies with Section 6 of the Scottish building regulations.

Section 63 Assessment, Advice & Action Plans

If your property is over 1000sqm in size and was built prior to 2002, then it may be subject to the new Scottish Section 63 Legislation. We can guild you through the entire compliance process.

Standard Assessment Procedure Methodology

All new residential buildings including some conversions and extensions now require a SAP assessment as part of the building warrant application. SAP assessments are used to determine if the proposed development complies with local buildings regulations on energy efficiency.

ESOS Compliance and Energy Audits

Participants must ensure that at least 90% of their total energy use is subject to ESOS Energy Audits or an alternative route to compliance. For the purposes of ESOS the areas of energy usage which cumulatively meet 90% of total energy consumption are referred to as ‘areas of significant energy use’. Other areas of energy consumption will not require an audit.

Display Energy Certificates (DEC)

A Display Energy Certificate (DEC) displays the energy performance of a building over a 12 month period, based on the operational rating, on a scale from A to G. The DEC may be accompanied by an advisory report which outlines how the organisation can reduce their energy consumption.

Understanding Section 63 in Scotland

If you own commercial property in Scotland and you want to sell it or create a new lease, you’re subject to Section 63 legislation. We’ve created this free guide to explain what that means for you, and help you meet your responsibilities under the law. It tells you who’s affected, how to meet legislative requirements, which options are open to you and the likely costs. Please feel free to download and keep for reference.


Download our FREE Commercial EPC Guide PDF below



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